Perhaps the most interesting thing that came out of today's workouts -- which featured two groups in separate workouts -- was that Wolves coach Kurt Rambis and president of basketball operations David Kahn were sitting next to each other in the Wolves' practice facility when reporters were let into the room following the morning workout.
Rambis being here was already something of a surprise, setting off further speculation about Rambis' future with the team. But Monday they were sitting a room apart, apparently pretending they didn't see each other. Today they were making like pals. Of course, neither was available to the media.
As for the workouts. Two of the more interesting players to work out today were Tyler Honeycutt and Shelvin Mack. Honeycutt, a 6-8 forward surprised some with his decision to come out this season, given his relatively uneven season with the Bruins. Mack, meanwhile, might have opened some eyes with his play the past couple days.
Mack was an undersized off guard for the Butler team that made consecutive runs to the NCAA title game. But he is doing his best to prove he can play the point in the NBA.And he might be succeeding.
"He was very impressive out here today," said Tony Ronzone, the Wolves' assistant general manager. "He can guard you. He can run a team and he's strong enough to bounce off you. If you look at the NBA today, with Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, we have these big point guards. And you have to match up with those guys. Trust me, (Mack) got a lot of interest from this."
Ronzone already knows a bit about Mack. from his work with Team USA last year. Mack was one of 20 college players chosen to the USA men's select team, which trained against the national team before the world championships. In that role Mack went up against the likes of Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo every day during their workouts in Las Vegas.
"It gave me a lot of confidence," Mack said. "It showed me I could compete with the league's best, showed me I could compete on the big stage. I enjoyed it. it was a challenge every day."
so Ronzone knew what Mack was capable of before this workout. Indeed, Ronzone joked he should have kept Mack away from the workout and away from the eyes of so many of the other teams at the workout.
Meanwhile, Honeycutt comes out of UCLA with the reputation of being a good defender. But he'll need to prove he can be a consistent offensive threat as well. As Ronzone noted, Honeycutt's place in the league, as a combination small forward/big guard, would appear to mirror what the Wolves already have in Wes Johnson.
Here were the rosters for the two workouts today: The first group: Andrew Albicy, G, France; Honeycutt; Chandler Parsons, F, Florida; Jacob Pullen, G, Kansas State; Malcolm Thomas, F, San Diego State. The second group: Mike Dunigan, C, Oregon; Charles Jenkins, G, Hofstra; Travis Leslie, G, Georgia; Mack; Josh Selby, G, Kansas; Jordan Williams, F, Maryland.
In other news:
--Ronzone said he hopes the team will figure out a way to acquire a second-round pick by the time the draft rolls around. "You have to prepare for every scenario," he said. "We'll probably end up with something down in the second round. I like the second round."
--Ronzone said the Wolves would bring in 15 NBA free agents for a two-day workout June 2 and 2. Among those who could come are Steven Hunter, Cedric Jackson and Quincy Douby.